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Boasting a leading duo of Hugh Jackman and Jodie Comer, The Death Of Robin Hood is selling well at the Cannes Film Festival.

Here’s a rather exciting project to emerge from this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Lyrical Media has brought a fully-financed Robin Hood project to the festival, and it’s quite the package.

As well as featuring a story that focuses around the later chapters of one of Hollywood’s most enduring characters, it sports a pretty impressive leading pair. Hugh Jackman will play the ageing outlaw as a ‘battle-worn loner’, a far cry from the charming leader of the Merry Men that most versions of the legend love to portray.

Jodie Comer is also set to appear in an unknown role.

Whether this tale plans to further deconstruct the Robin Hood mythos by avoiding the Maid Marian character remains to be seen, but with Comer onboard it ratchets up the level of anticipation for the project that much more.

According to Variety, 'the story is described as a grounded, visceral and darker reimagining of the classic Robin Hood tale. Set of its time, the film will see the title character grappling with his past after a life of crime and murder. Now he’s a battle-worn loner who finds himself gravely injured and in the hands of a mysterious woman who offers him a chance at salvation.’

Whether it’s King Arthur at the battle of Camlann (probably best adapted by John Boorman in 1981’s Excalibur) or Batman in The Dark Knight Returns (best screen version obviously being the 2012 feature-length animated adaptation) there is something powerful about depicting a larger-than-life legend approaching their end.

The contrast between the unending immortality of a legend and the impending end of the mortal man at the centre of it all is a powerful combination and we’re looking forward to seeing how the film approaches this concept. Jackman of course has had a very good crack at this kind of character before, portraying the long-running Wolverine character’s ‘last’ adventure in 2017’s Logan (pictured).

There’s more good news too: Pig director, Michael Sarnoski is helming the film. The 2021 film featuring Nicolas Cage demonstrated Sarnoski’s ability to effectively deal with this kind of brooding story. He’s also directed the upcoming A Quiet Place: Day One which is set to release next month.

And finally, we’ve learned that A24 has now picked up the US distribution rights.

When we hear more about this project – which is set to shoot sometime next year – we’ll let you know. That includes clearer production dates and which studio snags the rights for the UK release. Watch this space and start to figure out where Jackman’s accent will rank in the Robin Hood pantheon.

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